'''Southwest Research Institute''' ('''SwRI'''), headquartered in San Antonio
, is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development (R&D) organizations in the United States
. Founded in 1947 by oil businessman Tom Slick|Thomas Slick, Jr.
, SwRI provides contract research and development services to government and industrial clients.
SwRI’s mission statement is, "''Benefiting government, industry and the public through innovative science and technology''".
The institute consists of a number of technical divisions that offer multidisciplinary, problem-solving services in a variety of areas in engineering and the physical sciences.